GDSC – Young Aquatic Helpers

Success for Gainsborough Dolphins swimmers on the clubs first Young Aquatic Helpers Course.

GDSC recently held their first Young Aquatic Helpers Course at the pool. Five, of the clubs current young swimmers took part on the course and are all now helping out in an active role within the club.

(Pictured below, left to right) Course attendee’s – Finlay Dawson, Amelia Nimmo, Freya Gidlow and Amelia Osborne with, (the not so young) head coach Mark Smith, after receiving their certificates from Swim England.

“They’ve all done fantastic, its great to see that our swimmers are wanting to help out, and pass on what they have learnt to younger, developing swimmers in the club. As a club run entirely by volunteers, their help is greatly appreciated” – Kieran Ferry, Workforce Coordinator.

The YAH course, which was delivered by the club, gives young swimmers (14 to 16 yrs old) an introduction to being an Assistant Teacher and is an official qualification from Swim England. With the success of the first course, the club is considering delivering it again in December this year.

Chairman, Nigel Stevenson, on behalf of the club, would like to thank Kieran for organising and taking the course and congratulate the attendee’s.

Shop Update

Good News!

The ‘NEW’ club shop will soon be here!!

Working with local supplier, Elite Workwear, there will be great value Tee shirts, hoodies, shorts, leggings and more for you to buy online.

Keep your eyes out for more news over the next few weeks – targeting an end of Feb launch

Club Diary

The latest Open Meets, Club Champs and Gala’s have been added to the new look EVENTS page (Go to Competitive Swimming, scroll down to Events).

Have a look and add to your phone, diary or calendar – just click on the date and see the details for the event on that day below the calendar.

Any questions about an event, please use the Contacts page (title it FAO – Mark), or speak with Mark at the pool

Thank you Marie

Marie has run a Sunday Shop for over 24 years at both Gainsborough Dolphins and before that, Trenton Dolphins.

Every Sunday there has been club night, Marie has been there offering all the usual swim gear – goggles, kick boards, pull buoy’s, bags, costume’s and more but she has decided that now is the time to retire. Marie has also helped  at the Club Champs and league gala’s serving drinks, doing the desk and raffle amongst things.

To show the clubs appreciation for that dedication, at the final Club Champs of the season, Marie was presented with a basket of winter plants and a glass dolphin paper weight along with a Thank you card.

Once again on behalf of all at the club, thank you Marie

Nigel (Chair)


Extra Sessions – Goldfish & Penguins

GOLDFISH – Width Swimmers – Ben’s Group

You are offered an extra session on a Thursday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

At Ben’s discretion there is also a Saturday AM session – 8:00am to 9:00am – this Saturday session is for those who enter Club Champs and show signs of wanting to compete.

These extra sessions are in lengths and sessions are designed to help with the transition from width to lengths ready for when swimmers move up on a Sunday.

Cost – £1 payable per extra session – pay at the desk.

Please make every effort to attend these extra sessions, it is for your benefit.

Penguins – P1 and P2 – Lengths Kieran and Nigel groups

You are offered an extra session on a Wednesday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is important for your development that you attend.

If your circumstances do not allow this, you may be able to join the Thursday sessions 6:30pm to 7:30pm – you need to discuss with Nigel first

Penguins – P3 and P4 – Lengths Kieran and Nigel groups

You are offered two extra sessions, Wednesday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm and Thursday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is important for your competitive development that you attend.

We would prefer that you attend both but expect you to attend at least one of these sessions.

Please also be aware of the squad requirements with regards to Club Champs and Open Meets as per the Move Up flyer handed out.

Other extra sessions are available for selected swimmers on a Tuesday evening and a Saturday morning – these are at the invitation of Mark Smith (Swim Manager)

Cost – £1 per extra session – pay at the desk

It is important for the Club and for your development as you progress towards competitive swimming that you take up these extra sessions.